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Students complete EMC Academic Alliance cloud course

Middlesex University Dubai students finish cloud computing course offered through EMC Academic Alliance

The open course is intended to provide a vendor-neutral grounding in cloud.
The open course is intended to provide a vendor-neutral grounding in cloud.

Forty-five students in the UAE have completed the first course offered by EMC's Academic Alliance program with Middlesex University Dubai.

The students graduated from the Cloud Infrastructure and Services course, which has been offered to undergraduate and postgraduate IT students at the University's Dubai campus, and that aims to educate students on key issues around moving applications and technology to the cloud, and IT service models.

The course is intended to be ‘open' with content that is applicable to any vendor environment. The course provides 40 hours of content, and is designed to familiarise students with the knowledge and skill-sets they may need in order to manage rapidly expanding roles in IT organizations that are now responsible for deploying the latest technologies and models to drive operational efficiency and greater business agility. The course also prepares students to take the EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (EMCCIS) Associate Certification,

Dr Fehmida Hussain, senior lecturer, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University Dubai commented: "Middlesex University Dubai's academic alliance with EMC is an exemplar of the need for industry- academia collaboration to create the next generation of professionals that will drive tomorrow's knowledge based economy. The Cloud Infrastructure and Services course was offered to both undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Middlesex University Dubai in October 2012. Today, 45 students have successfully completed this training and are now well on their way to achieving the higher certification. I am honoured to have worked with EMC to provide our students the opportunity to keep pace with emerging trends in the ICT industry and look forward to strengthening this alliance and working together to create the best IT professionals for the region and across the globe."

More than 175,000 students have participated in the EMC Academic Alliance since its inception in 2006, in over 1,100 colleges and universities worldwide.

Wael El Nadi, senior director, Global Services Organization, Turkey, Africa, and Middle East, at EMC added: "We congratulate the first Cloud and Infrastructure Services graduates at Middlesex University Dubai. These 45 students are now equipped with the right skills and capabilities to successfully understand transformational technologies such as virtualisation and cloud. We are proud that, through this association with the EMC Academic Alliance, EMC has become one of the pioneers in offering open, vendor-agnostic cloud and data science training and certifications to address the ever-growing need for skilled ICT professionals. We now look forward to extending our relationship with Middlesex University Dubai by introducing more courses aimed at helping today's students develop the skills they need to become the next generation of IT leaders."